Mazarinades are short satirical or burlesque texts, in verse or prose, about Cardinal Mazarin, written at the time of the Fronde (1648-1653), a time of uprising and revolt in France while King Louis XIV was still a minor. Cardinal Mazarin had succeeded Richelieu as Minister of State, a position he held from 1643-1661. The Mazarinades are both mocking and defending him.

Mazarinade titlepage

The Taylor Insitution holds a large number of these texts, acquired at various times through different donations. They are not individually catalogued, so an ongoing project to digitise them will greatly improve access to this part of the library's collections.

See also the Projet Mazarinades.

Digital Editions

The following Mazarinades are available as Taylor Editions: